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“Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.”

 

“Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.” 

Other passages from Scripture make a strong point about financially supporting the cause of Christ:

“Even so the LORD has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” (1 Cor. 9:14)

There is a connection between service and reward for that service. 1 Corinthians 9 argues for the financial support of those in ministry.

“Let him who is taught in the word share in all good things (finances) with him who teaches” (Gal. 6:6). In this passage, sharing links with giving to a teacher of the Word.

“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.’ and ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages’” (1 Tim. 5:17,18). This is a unique verse in that it quotes both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Documentation from both the Old and New Testaments shows financial support is crucial for the work of the Lord.

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share [financially], for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Heb. 13:15,16). Again, financial support links with support of leadership in ministry.

Principle:

Financial support of the cause of Christ is an important link in God’s plan for the world.

Application:

Both the local church and individuals have a very definite financial obligation to God’s servants. Has God saved your wallet as well as your life?

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